Title: The impacts of learning strategies and creativity on knowledge workers' innovation in Iranian knowledge-based firms

Authors: Anahita Ahmadi; Mehdi Abzari; Ali Nasr Isfahani; Ali Safari

Addresses: Department of Management, Faculty of Administrative Sciences and Economics, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran ' Department of Management, Faculty of Administrative Sciences and Economics, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran ' Department of Management, Faculty of Administrative Sciences and Economics, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran ' Department of Management, Faculty of Administrative Sciences and Economics, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran

Abstract: This paper aims to study the relations of learning strategies, creativity and workers' innovation in electricity distribution companies of Isfahan province. Particularly, learning strategies consist of two dimensions of exploitative and explorative learning and creativity is measured by two improvisational and compositional dimensions. A total number of 155 employees were included in the research which 112 of them were considered as sample according to Cochran's sampling techniques. Due to the small sample size, data collection was conducted by using a questionnaire-based survey in all firms. Data analysis was performed in two main phases with using variance based structural equation modelling by Smart PLS. The first phase assesses measurement model and the second one examines the hypotheses through analysis of the structural model. Results show that both exploitative and explorative learning's as well as compositional and improvisational creativities have positive and significant effect on knowledge workers' innovation.

Keywords: learning strategy; exploitative learning; explorative learning; improvisational creativity; compositional creativity.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBIR.2018.095544

International Journal of Business Innovation and Research, 2018 Vol.17 No.3, pp.378 - 393

Received: 09 Jun 2017
Accepted: 26 Aug 2017

Published online: 28 Sep 2018 *

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